This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding adults


The underlining principle of adult safeguarding is that ‘all adults have the right to live free from abuse, harm and exploitation’ (DH, 2000). No Secrets is government guidance issued to local authorities and has Section 7 status as defined in the Local Government Act 1972 which outlines the duties and responsibilities of local authorities to implement such guidance. Although it will remain as statutory guidance until at least 2013 it is recognised that it has shortcomings (DH, 2011).

Adult safeguarding work is also supported by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act 1998 to intervene proportionally to protect the rights of citizens. Individuals have the right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention ...

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